7 Ways Professional Photography Can Help You

canstockphoto152699047 Ways Professional Photography Can Help You
Outstanding photography can benefit your brand, website and business. Great photography can even benefit your own personal image. This list contains the top seven ways professional photography will benefit you!
1. Credibility
Consumers interested in your business can tell the difference between amateur and professional photography. Top notch photography can keep you competing with large online businesses. Inferior photos and images will bounce visitors from your business and website to one with quality photos. Professional images also help with establishing your credibility by showing potential customers that you are willing to invest in your company’s image.
2. Exposure/Publicity/Awareness
Use your professional images to lure in consumers and keep them interested. Others, especially competitors, will notice your quality photos. Once noticed, people will ask you to share your images on social media, magazines, blogs and news articles. This generates free publicity, increased exposure and awareness.
3. Let Your Personality Shine
As it turns out a picture is not worth a thousand words, it’s worth so much more. A valuable photo helps depict you and your business. Potential clients investigate to see who they will be dealing with and you don’t want them to be disappointed. So what are you waiting for? Hire a photographer to take head shots of you and your staff today!
4. Inspires Imagination
Photography can get your own creative juices flowing. It can inspire new ideas and encourages you, your staff and clients to look at things from a different perspective. Get inspired today and start thinking outside the box.
5. Relieves Stress
Whether you have calming images in your office or are taking photos yourself, photography is a great way to relieve stress. Taking a break from that all-consuming problem to focus on that perfect picture gives you a much needed break. Don’t worry the problem will still be there, but you will be more ready to tackle it head on.
6. Readability
Photography is a great tool especially for websites. Readers can easily glance at a photo to gain information about the company, its products and its staff. Research has shown that individuals are drawn to images more than copy. Also, images and photos can clarify what the text is saying ensuring that provided information is easier to absorb for the consumer.
7. Conversion
You only have a few minutes in person or online to seal the deal. People are going to base their decisions in part on the quality of the images they see on your website, marketing materials and in your office. The higher the quality, the more likely you are to convert potential consumers to buyers or clients. Professional photos can provide accurate representations of your products and services which will foster confidence in potential clients.

3 Habits for a Happier Life

Af0sF2OS5S5gatqrKzVP_SilhoutteThe Dalai Lama once said, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” But how do you increase the happiness in your life? Here are 3 habits to incorporate for a happier life:

1. Gratitude. Studies have shown that people who express gratitude on a daily basis are a lot happier than people who do not. It was also shown that people who performed an act of kindness for someone else (no matter how small) were happier. So the next time you are prone to complain, start counting your blessing and you’ll start noticing everything you have to be thankful for.

2. Actively pursue your goals. People with goals and who are working towards them are 19% more likely to feel satisfied with their lives. While you are pursuing your goals, remember, don’t compare yourself to others. As the saying goes, you cannot compare your chapter one to another’s middle. To help stay inspired, set measurable goals and keep track of your progress. Each day you do something in line with your aspirations is one day closer to achieving your dreams.

3. Surround yourself with good people. One of my favorite quotes is: “You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully.” If you want to be happier and more positive, than you should surround yourself with those kind of people. If you hang out with negative people who are there to put you down, you aren’t going to live the life you were meant to have. Life is too short to live it unhappy.

8 Health Hazards To Avoid In Your Home

Protect your home from health hazards by keeping these 8 areas of your home free of germs:

light-bulb-3229-830x5501. Bed linens. These can hold germs, grime, and allergens. Wash at least once a week using the hottest washer and dryer settings. It takes extreme heat to kill most bacteria.

2. Pet toys. These can be a source of staph, as well as coliforms, yeast, and mold. Hard toys should be cleaned once a month with hot soapy water, rinsed, disinfected with a mild bleach solution, then rinsed again. Sanitize soft toys with laundry on the hot water cycle.

3. Refrigerator ice and water dispensers. A recent study found these can be loaded with yeast and mold. Clean the ice dispenser monthly. Turn off and wash the bin with dish detergent and warm water, then dry with a clean towel. Every six months, pour 3-4 cups of distilled white vinegar into the water supply tube and let it run through to sanitize. Wipe water spout once a week with cotton swab and a dry cloth.

4. HVAC ducts. In a year, a 1500 square foot home’s ducktwork can collect 40 pounds of dust containing allergens, bacteria, dirt, fungi, mold, and about 40,000 dust mites per ounce. When you turn on the system, all this circulates, causing fatigue, sinus problems, and asthma. Have a NADCA-certified company clean ducts every 2 years.

5. Sponges. Unless disinfected, a sponge is a prime place for germs to grow, and then spread around the kitchen. Clean a nonmetallic sponge by completely wetting it and placing it in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. Throw out sponges after two weeks. Better options are towels, dishcloths, and rags you can sanitize with bleach in your washing machine’s hot water cycle.

6. Ceiling fan blades. These are home to dust mites which the fan then circulates. Put a pillowcase on each blade and pull it off while wiping the dust into it. Empty it outside, and then launder the case inside out on your hottest washer and dryer settings.

7. The dishwasher. Mold can form here when moisture lingers after the heat cycle ends. Run your dishwasher only when you can empty it soon after it stops.

8. The washing machine. Mold and staph can grow here. Once a month, use the self-clean cycle or put a cup of bleach in an empty machine and run on the hottest setting. Leave the door or lid open when not in use.

What would you add to the list? Do you have an pet peeve when it comes to cleaning your home?

This information was provided by Danene Strand (NMLS# 442493) with Veritas Funding.

How to Deal with Bad Neighbors

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If you are lucky, dealing with difficult neighbors are only stories you hear about. Unfortunately there are times when we get a neighbor who is a nightmare. How do you deal with the annoying and obnoxious neighbor? Communication is important when trying to work with someone with different views ~ with the exception of those who are doing something illegal, then it is best to involve the police. Some tips when dealing with a bad neighbor is:

Get to know them better. It is easier to work out your problems with someone when you are on friendly terms with them instead of strangers.
Deal with problems before they are problems. Are you planning a party? Why not invite the neighbors to join the fun or give them a card with your phone number. That way if the party gets too loud they can give you a call instead of the cops.
Document the problem ~ keep notes with the dates, times and photos, if necessary. This will allow you to look at the whole picture (it is really that big of a deal?), give you back up when you address your neighbor about it and, if push comes to shove, you have something to give to the authorities.

Remember it is not always easy to deal with people, but it is important to take the high ground.

Have you ever lived next door to a difficult neighbor? What are some of the things you did to work it out?

Creating Good Habits and Leaving the Bad Habits Behind

We all have our little vices we would like to break—big or small. How do you move forward with changing your habits though and creating new ones that will support you in a more positive pen and paperway? The Chopra Center breaks down the process for building better habits in six steps:

  • Identify the Obstacle ~ what do you want to change?
  • Present Moment Awareness ~ how do you feel when performing the unwanted behavior?
  • Clear the Space ~ set a date for ending the habit
  • Filling the Void ~ replace the unwanted behavior with a supporting one

What are some of the techniques you have used to overcome an unwanted behavior?

Get Outside This Summer

sunbeds-by-the-poolAlthough the summer months are here, it is easy to feel like you are spending more time indoors cleaning, then you are outside enjoying the fresh air. To help you keep your home clean and yet still have time to play outside, here are some things you can do to cut down on the clutter and be more preemptive when it comes to keeping your home tidy.

When it comes to decluttering your home, some great ideas come from the spacial arrangement of Feng Shui. One aspect of feng shui that appeals to me is the principle of looking at the items in your home that no longer makes you happy and throwing them out.

Taking time to organize your laundry room, sort your mail (throw out the junk mail immediately), and making your bed (check out this awesome tip for folding a fitted sheet) are a few things you can do to make sure your home stays tidy longer.

What are some things you do to keep your home picked up? Share some of your tips here.